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There is some movement on the national championship betting odds in college football this week, with one team in particular jumping up into the conversation. There were no major upsets in Week 6, but some of the top teams in the country were pushed to the brink, having to survive some tough tests.
That starts with the Ohio State Buckeyes, who went on the road in a hostile environment to take on a ranked Northwestern team that was certainly upset-minded. In what was arguably their toughest test of the season for the rest of the way up until Michigan, Ohio State managed to score a late touchdown to retake the lead for good. The victory keeps the Buckeyes right in the national championship hunt, sitting at 6/1 which is behind only two teams in the country.
Those two teams at the top haven’t waivered all season long. The Alabama Crimson Tide were not tested against FCS school Georgia State. The Oregon Ducks had an easy win against the worst team in the Pac 12 in Colorado. Alabama is on top with a 19/10 payout, which is roughly 2 to 1. Oregon is set at 5/2, but things get a lot tougher this week with the No.16 Washington Huskies coming to town looking for the statement win.
The big change this week on the BCS Championship betting lines comes in at the fourth slot, with the Baylor Bears. A team that was virtually off the radar to start the season is now on everyone’s. Baylor averages more than 70 points per game, which even makes the Oregon offense look lackluster. The Bears are shredding defenses right now and look unstoppable. At 10/1 Baylor is now considered to be a legitimate national title contender. Though things will get more difficult with Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State Still on the schedule. Baylor has scored at least 70 points in three of their four games, with the lone exception being a 69-point outing in their season opener.
For those who thought Florida State should be on upset alert this past weekend at Maryland, a 63-0 beatdown by the Seminoles of the Terps put that to rest. FSU looked great on both sides of the ball, and go into this week with a bye, preparing for their showdown against Clemson on October 19th. The Seminoles are set at 12/1 to win the national title.
Some of the teams that round out the top-10 include that Clemson team we mentioned, just behind Florida State, at 14/1. The Georgia Bulldogs stayed off an upset bid from Tennessee but with a steep price. Georgia lost four key offensive playmakers on offense. The Bulldogs will be without several at wide receiver for the entire season, as well as running back Keith Marshall. Fortunately, Georgia still has Aaron Murray.
The complete list of odds to win the BCS Championship is provided by LatestBettingOdds.com below, courtesy of Bovada.
2014 BCS Championship Odds – found at Bovada Sportsbook 10/8/2013